Box of Photographic Plates

Astronomy

Accession Number: 2018.ast.53

Description:

This is a small rectangular cardboard box containing a small number of photographic plates in thick black paper envelopes. It is not known if the plates are exposed and for this reason they have been left inside their envelopes.

Primary Materials: Cardboard, Paper, Glass

Markings:

On a paper sticker on the top of the box: “SEED’S DRY PLATES”

“Made from the Formula of SEED DRY PLATE CO.
KODAK (AUSTRALASIA) LTD.
Melbourne, Australia”

“KEEP IN A DRY PLACE. OPEN ONLY IN DARK ROOM.”

“AUSTRAL SEED PLATE”

“COPYRIGHT SECURED”

“TRADE MARK”

On the side of the box:
“1 Doz.
5 1/2 x 3 1/4”

Stamped on the bottom of the box: “1612”

Function:

These are dry plates for the creation of photographic images.

Condition:

Good: The box is somewhat worn and dirty in places, but intact. A number of a plates appear to have been used. The remaining plates may be unexposed.

Manufacturer: Kodak (Australasia) Ltd.

Date of Manufacture: c. 1919-1950

Provenance:

This object was likely moved from the David Dunlap Observatory in Richmond Hill in 2008, upon the sale of the observatory. It was stored at the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics until 2017, when it was moved to a new storage location in McLennan Physical Laboratories.